IT’S BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS WEEK!

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will see celebrations of breastfeeding across the UK as we have National Breastfeeding Awareness Week followed by National Breastfeeding Celebration Week running from now to the 30th June. This year, the focus is on support; the support that families and communities can give to each other, as well as the support that is available from professionals (and others) to help every mum reach her own breastfeeding goal.

 

Support to breastfeed is a really big deal; it is widely accepted that good, timely support is required to help mothers achieve their goals. When a woman feels supported she is more likely to have a positive experience, which is important for everyone; mum, baby and all close by. The reason behind awareness weeks like these is to start the conversation; the purpose being to share information and make sure that everyone, including every pregnant woman and every new mother, can make an informed choice. That bit is important – knowledge is power after all!

 

We look forward to sharing more breastfeeding information with you over the next few days J In the mean-time, if you would like any more information about the support available to breastfeeding parents, you can take a look here: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/support-for-parents/

 

World Immunisation Week

This week (24 – 30 April) is Word Immunisation Week. It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation.

In aid of this, here are five facts, taken from the World Health Organisation website:

Fact 1

Immunisation currently prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year. It is one of the most successful and cost effective public health interventions. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves.

Fact 2

More children are being immunised worldwide than ever before. During 2015, an estimated 116 million (about 85%) children under 1 world-wide received 3 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTPS) vaccine.

Fact 3

Did you know that while majority of parents do ensure their child is fully vaccinated, thousands of Kent children are missing key doses or have not been vaccinated at all?

Fact 4

An estimated 19.4 million children under age of one did not receive DTP3 vaccine. Around 60% of these children live in 10 countires: Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Ukraine.

Fact 5

Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.

If you are unsure if your child’s vaccines are up-to-date, contact your GP for advice.